New partnerships and call for support from ‘custodians’ of £5.2m Clocktower project

Time won’t stand still for the hard-working team behind a £5.2million clock tower redevelopment.

Ahead of another spectacular day of community entertainment, to be held on Saturday 17 September, Enbarr Foundation Director Vicki Roskams and ‘keepers’ of the Grade II listed John Summers Clock Tower in Deeside have revealed big plans for the rest of the year.

As well as a new partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Innovation UK and budding links with Coleg Cambria, they are welcoming businesses from across the region to support vital work in the basement of the former headquarters of Tata Steel.

In addition to trades to support for essential roof repairs, Vicki is also calling on painters and decorators to get in touch and help take the project to the next level.

She says,

“While we understand there may be a cost to their skills, Travis Perkins has kindly donated all materials and equipment to help us reduce costs.”

“Clwyd Alyn has kindly offered the time and made great progress with the fog coating of the new plaster, but we now need people to help us complete the work before the electrical team begins the installations which will bring the building back to life. this iconic site.

“We also have the Openreach team helping us connect so we can support the community with digital skills and provide free access to computers and counseling for those on low incomes or in need of assistance, who will be provided by Digital Communities Wales. ”

Vicky added:

“In addition to local businesses and third sector organizations donating their time and materials, we have also involved Cambria learners in window and door renovations and have entered into a new two-year relationship with LJMU , focused on social value and innovation.

“We are very excited about this and will develop a plan using the Clock Tower as a beacon of best practices that others can use to transform their communities.”

The fun-filled day will include activities with the Armed Forces and incredible garden displays designed by members of the public after the “Guardians” appealed to schools, artists, horticulturists and anyone with imaginative concepts to brighten up the region, having received funding to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

She continued,

“The response we’ve had has been incredible, with so many brilliant submissions for our legacy campaign.”

“Among them are a beautiful wooden sculpture by renowned craftsman Simon O’Rourke, a dragon centerpiece created by chainsaw artist Rob Dalton, and other Welsh-themed botanical and floral displays and British that will look amazing.”

“Ultimately, our goal in the coming months is to lay the groundwork for real progress in 2023, with more organizations joining us to help drive this epic project forward.

“It’s a labor of love for all of us and has brought so many together with a common goal, to restore the site to its former glory.

“And just as importantly, we are uniting education with business, training and skills, giving hope to future generations – thank you to everyone who has been with us on this journey.”

To support the development of the Clock Tower, send an e-mail [email protected] or visit the Guardians of the Clock Tower Facebook page.